We picked 10 reader tips for publication this month! And we're giving the authors e-Lacrosse Rage II DVDs!
WARNING: Ovens, lighters, matches, knives, and other tools called for in this tips section can be dangerous when not properly used. If you intend on trying any of these tips at home, you must tell your parents exactly what your plans are before proceding. Improper use of some of the tools suggested can result in cutting, burning or staining yourself or your family's property. So ask FIRST, and be careful!

The following are good tips but many are also distinguished even further by their introductory statements of a blatant complimentary nature toward our humble publication, ensuring, of course, immediate and serious consideration. Keep it up!

Pre-Wash    Submitted by Laluk

If dying a stick, consider cleaning it with BON AMI cleaner first. It also works great on helmets, painted shafts, pretty much anything light color and plastic. I used it on my helmet once and it looked like it was glowing.

Camo-Turtle    Nick

First off, I love your site. Every trick I've learned is from e-lacrosse. This is my Proton on a Brine Python shaft. I dyed the head camouflage and put a turtle shell pocket in it. I strung the green strings a bit looser and made the outside spirals longer for more control. It has really good handles and has an accurate throw and it looks awesome!

The Dutch Shakedown    Erik in Holland

First of all I'd like to thank the management of e-lacrosse and everyone who has contributed to this site for making this all possible. It is THE most influential site on (custom) stringing and other lacrosse developments. It has helped me considerably in developing my stringing skills. This did not only contribute to my own game, but also a lot of other players here in the Netherlands whose pockets I've strung.

I've created this pocket because I was not entirely happy with the hold, the throwing, and catching of the Shook Shakedown pocket by Pat Miller. For me this pocket lacked a good channel and didn't have as much 'swing' as I'd like. The thing I did like was the unique feel and I definitely wanted to incorporate this very same feeling into the new pocket.

I started out by moving the leathers to the outer holes to create a more defined channel for increased accuracy and control, especially when kept fairly tight. The inner nylon part actually consists of two 5 ft. long pieces of special kite rope with very high breaking strength. The outer nylon is strung like in a traditional pocket, with the only difference being that I used a double knot to secure the coils from the inner part to the leathers to keep them from moving from their spot.

This pocket has a very good hold, while still giving a smooth release. The channel gives great accuracy and because the inner part is made up from that special kite rope it is not affected by the harsh and wet Dutch weather.

Stringus Interruptus    Brian in Ottawa

Your site ROCKS!!!! I wouldn't be the stringer I am today if it wasn't for e-lacrosse. Before you start stringing make sure you have all your materials - nylons, leathers, shoelaces etc. and tools, like a lighter and scissors within reach. You don't want to run around in the middle of stringing a stick looking for the proper stuff and the worst is when you can't find something mid-stick and cannot finish.

Chemo Torpedo    Submitted by AJ

I have been stringing for god-knows-how-many years now, and, like every other stringer out there, I have learned close to everything I know about stringing from you guys. I would like to share an awesome pocket I strung and some really, really useful tips I have picked up with you and your readers.

The pocket I strung is a Chemo/Shure Shot/Torpedo variation. There are really only a couple of slight modifications. The major modifications I have made to the design are as follows: instead of a really tight twist down the middle, I used a sort of homegrown-esque twist. This makes a nice wide track for the ball to ride on. The other major modification I did to this design can be seen well in the photos. I made a lot of small diamonds at the top of the stick, and I also strung them pretty tightly. As I progressed towards the middle of the stick, I made the diamonds more spread out. Stringing tight, small diamonds at the top of any traditional stick, no matter what the design, gives the stick a very smooth, and extremely accurate, release. Also, by spreading the diamonds out as you get towards the bottom of the stick, you gain a ton of ball control. Thus, you manage to capture the two most elusive concepts of traditional stringing: a smooth, accurate release and a ton of ball control.

As you can see in the pictures, I strung the leathers to the scoop of the stick like one would string mesh to the scoop of a stick. I learned this from a couple of buddies on my team (you can see their stuff at www.sirlaxalot.tk). It is very, very useful. It allows you to string a pocket in one stick, and put it into another stick. I use this on every stick I string, and believe me, it works. Just untie the top string, the leathers, and the sidewall and your entire pocket can be pulled out. This is especially useful if you like the feel of one pocket, but not the feel of the head that it's in. AJ

Natural Selection     Submitted by Fred

If your stick has lots of whip and you are attempting to get rid of the whip, or it throws off plastic and you don't want that try this. Untie all the shooting strings and leave them untied, then throw against a wall for 1-5 passes, or until it throws the way you want it to. Now tie them back and your stick throws well.

Wordstick    Submitted by Kevin

First let me say what E-Lacrosse has meant to me and everyone I know that plays lacrosse. Our team strings all our own pockets from reading the site and we are the best in our league. We really owe it to E-Lacrosse for so many reasons. I have a dying tip for readers of Stick Tech. You can put more than just team names on sticks. We have dyed heads with words to cool songs on there using the stick-on letters. Try it.

Editor's Note: We liked Kevin's idea so much we did try it. Here are the two sticks we did while shooting our "E-Lacrosse Dye Jobs Instructional DVD starring Max McCool" which will be out in February. The STX Deuce II is dyed red, white and blue with the Pledge of Allegiance spelled out all over the stick. The second head, a maroon to light blue faded Gait Oracle, with its many narrow surface areas bears the lyrics to the REM rock anthem "It's the End of the World". Try your own and be meticulous about pushing tight each letter and avoiding seams in the plastic and edges as best you can. A dye job with this many stick on letters WILL have bleeds and a few errors.

Greet a Punk    Submitted by Jimmy

I've been stringing for maybe a year but that was mostly mesh pockets, this is the first custom pocket I've done, tell me what you think. It's a mix between the Grunk and a Pita pocket.

Turtle Hybrid    Submitted by Greg

I just want to say that I think that your website is "da bomb", so to speak. I am 16 from Baltimore, MD. I strung the middle like a turtle shell pocket then went on to string the mesh to that...the leathers lead the ball right out of the stick and goes really straight. The track strings are made like a turtle shell pocket and they lead the ball straight out of the pocket. To make a deep pocket I dipped the head in water and put a ball in and pushed it down with a butter knife across the throat. I think it works pretty good and looks cool. Keep up the good work.

A Dyeaballical Idea    Submitted by Alex

Here's a great gift idea that taps your immense creativity and leaves your tight budget alone. This is just a cool trick you can do while dyeing something. After you have dyed whatever is desired, grab a white ball or two, put stickers on them (a word or name in stencils on it, etc.) Gently put the ball in the dye with a spoon, and roll it around for a little bit. Take it out, peel the stickers off, and you have dyed ball. Make sure the dye in the container is still hot when you do this. The procedure is done the same as dyeing a head. Oddly enough, it works a lot better on beat up balls as opposed to new ones.

Thanks to all for participating. Keep sending your tips and we'll pick some more in a few months! Send them to john@tonabricks.com! Please include your name and a permanent e-mail address. Winners, please contact us if we miss you. Some e-mails cannot be returned to the addresses given to us.

December, 2005


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